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chris-l

...and a Happy New Year

I have found far too little time to really keep up with you all over the last  few months, for which I apologise profusely. I really enjoy reading everyone's comments and feel really guilty that I contribute so little - if I were in the habit of making New Year's resolutions, it would be to give back some of what I receive from this board. But I'm not, so that will remain as just a vague intention, which may or may not be fulfilled, depending upon how things go.

I shall be away from home and away from the computer for the next few days, but I didn't want to go without wishing you all the very best for the year ahead. Thank you all for all the interesting discussions you have allowed me to eavesdrop on, and thank you for the very many suggestions and recommendations which have lead me to discover new authors who have brought me great enjoyment. And last, but far from least thank you to those of you who have given me warning (wittingly or not) of authors who I most certainly do not wish to know better!

Happy New Year and I look forward to many interesting debates in the months ahead. occasion7  occasion9
Evie

Happy New Year to you too, Chris - hope you have a lovely few days away!

Your contributions are hugely valued, however frequent or infrequent - you are wise not to make resolutions, just turn up when you can!

Hope everyone has a good New Year's Eve, whatever your choice of celebration (my choice is to stay home alone with a glass or two of something and one of the Orson Welles films I recorded over Christmas, and will probably be in bed before midnight!).  And hope 2010 is a good year for everyone - we never know what life will throw at us, but I will drink to a year of health and happiness but also the courage to face times of adversity, should they come!

And here's to lots of great reading and discussing and book-related fun.
VillageDuckpond

Many thanks to Chris and Evie for those kind thoughts.

I am very much the new kid on the block with this forum so please bear with me!
Evie

Yay!  Great to see you, VillageDuckpond!   hello2
Gino

Greeting VC good to see you around, hope you had a good xmass and the best of wishes for 2010.
Caro

Yes, I was thrilled to see Duckpond again too in another thread.

It is New Year here in a few hours.  I can't remember ever not staying up till mid-night to see this in, but my husband is muttering about not bothering this year.  We'll see.  Happy New Year to you all anyway and best wishes for the rest of the year.

Cheers, Caro.
VillageDuckpond

Caro

A very Happy New Year to you and yours and many thanks for the welcome back.

My (mental for the time being) list of things I would like to achieve in 2010 is starting to get pretty long but one of the main ones is to get more reading done Smile
Apple

Happy new to everyone from me too! I personally will be glad to see the back of this year and it seems determined to go out (for me at least) kicking and screaming and causing trouble!

Still hopefully next year will be better, but less of my demented ramblings and I wish everyone on Big Readers a..

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                               and all my very best wishes for 2010!
Ann

... and a very happy 2010 from me too. The century is growing up Smile
county_lady

Ann wrote:
... and a very happy 2010 from me too. The century is growing up Smile


Yes isn't it scary the way the century is flying past?

     A very happy new year to all.
Freyda

I've just discovered we have another Full Moon tonight - on this side of the globe anyway - that makes two in December.
So Happy New year to all!
miranda

So we can do all those things we only do once in a blue moon?
VillageDuckpond

Gino

Many thanks for your welcome back. I hope you had a good Christmas, too, and that 2010 will be one of happiness and good health.
VillageDuckpond

Freyda and Miranda

Yes.....full moon here, too, in Essex but certainly NOT blue. Am debating whether to get my broomstick out or not as it is rather chilly tonight Rolling Eyes

Once in a blue moon.....there is a similar expression in Italian 'ogni morte di Papa' ......well years ago in the late '70s two Popes died in one year Wink
Evie

I must go and look at the moon later - thanks. Freyda!  Wouldn't have known otherwise.  I do love the moon.
miranda

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_moon
VillageDuckpond

Miranda

Thank you for that - one learns something new every day Surprised
iwishiwas

I will be starting the new year with a broken arm after a fall on the ice earlier in the week. Not the best start to a new decade. However I can still hold a book, so it could be worse.
I did notice the moon tonight, it looked fantastic before the snow started (again).
Hope everyone has a good night and best wishes to all our members and lurkers for a prosperous new year. occasion7
Ann

You poor thing, iwishiwas. I do hope it is not being too painful. I suppose bright sides are inability to do the washing up and a good excuse to read more. I hope it is not a compound fracture  Sad
blackberrycottage

Happy New Year to you all.
Caro

The blue moon has caused problems here because it came at the end/start of months.  People reported we would have two moons in December, but when we took into account the time difference apparently we will have two moons in January.  Ours are on the 1st and 30th January.

The moon was lovely when we out last night to the NY fireworks.  When we left the band was playing CCR's Bad Moon Rising, but of course the actual moon was glorious.  Large and creamy.  People say the moon is always the same size but it doesn't look it sometimes, and don't you think that as everything goes running round the skies sometimes it will be further away and therefore smaller?  Or isn't that the way it works?  Is that when it is in its different phases?  Is it always the same distance away when it is full?

I am rather hoping someone like Mike A might come to my rescue here.  I have never just got fully to grips with all the heavenly bodies circling each other - I think I would have got on better when we just accepted the earth was the centre of everything and other things were just minor adjuncts to that.  

Cheers, Caro.
Joe Mac

There was a lovely full moon in the northwest this morning as I walked to work in the dark. The bitter wind of the past few days had stopped and natural gas exhaust (and maybe some wood smoke) from dozens of chimneys was rising straight up and flattening out. This is a rather spooky sight one only sees, I think, in very cold, calm weather. I returned with camera and tripod a few minutes later to try and capture it, but of course, the results were crap.
That's how my New Year's Eve started. It's ending with a glass of Argentinian wine, Patrick Leigh Fermor and the occasional glance at the television.
Happy New Year to all.
Evie

iwishiwas - so sorry to hear about your broken arm.  Ooh, I do hate that ice!  Fortunately the further snowfall we were promised this week failed to amount to much, and while we have had a very hard frost, so that the pavements are still frosty, there is no ice.  Do hope it heals quickly.
Marita

Sorry to hear about your broken arm, iwishiwas. Hope it heals quickly.

Marita
mike js

Hello Caro.

The moon does vary a little in size, because its orbit about the Earth is not a perfect circle (it is slightly elliptical), so sometimes it is closer to the Earth and a little larger in the sky. But that's only a small variation.

On the other hand, there is quite a strong effect of the moon appearing much larger at times when it is low in the sky. This is definitely an illusion (properly measuring the angular size of the moon shows this), but I'm not sure if there's an accepted explanation for why we see it that way.

A simple way to roughly compare the size of the moon at different times is to hold out a finger or thumb at arms's length towards the moon, with one eye closed. Whether anyone watching you do this will regard you as an artist, a scientist or simply odd, I cannot say!
MikeAlx

They used to say it was the size of a sixpence held at arm's length - hence the title of Somerset Maugham's famous novel. Not sure if there's a decimal equivalent!
iwishiwas

Thanks for the kind words, just waiting to go into hospital for an operation on my arm, but can't go in until I shake off a wretched cold. Just makes the healing process even longer.
Simon The Sponge

Thanks for starting this thread Chris, your sentiments are exactly the same as mine.  I should really try topost a little more on here.  Unfortunately I've either been reading nothing or shite, an old fantasy series which is really badly written but for some inwexplicable reason - I keep continuing with.  

Did get a few interesting little things in my stocking from santa this year (he does exist) so maybe I can will myself into reading one of those instead.

It is so re-assuring that this little community has kept going through its various incarnations now for ...wel I make it coming up to 7 years this year, and can be relied upon to come back to as an oasis of intelligent thought and literary love (and peace man!)  and general niceness

Simon
Evie

Good to see you, Simes!  Yes, it's fab that we have stayed together this long - you feel like real friends even though I haven't met very many of you!  Hurray for the internet.
Castorboy

Re: ...and a Happy New Year

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE, and as Virginia Woolf never said. To the Wodehouse. occasion7  occasion9

In our NZ Honours, James McNeish has been knighted for services to literature. Among his better known novels is Lovelock, a fictionalised life of the famous sprinter of the 1930's who was born in Timaru in the South Island. The novel was nominated for the Booker in 1986.
Caro

I don't think I realised that (the last sentence, I mean), Castorboy.  I read Lovelock quite a few years ago and have read some other bits of McNeish's over the years.  I am pretty sure I own Mackenzie, but haven't read it.  Other than that it is just Mask of Sanity - I wonder how that reads now? - and probably Tavern in the Town.  When Dance of the Peacocks and Sixth Man came out I was interested in them, but don't seem to have done anything about that.

For more about his books see

http://www.bookcouncil.org.nz/writers/mcneishjames.html

And Happy New Year to you all from me, too.  

Cheers, Caro.
Marita

Happy New Year to everyone. I wish you health, wealth and loads of great books to read.

Marita
blackberrycottage

Happy New Year to everyone too.
Evie

Yes, happy new year, everyone!  Hope it brings lots of good things.
Gul Darr

Happy New Year everyone!

I was reading a local magazine yesterday and it pointed out that 2011 is the centenary of the massive heatwave of 1911. Remember The Go-Between?
Chibiabos83

I think the hot summer of The Go-Between was that of 1900, but I'm sure summer 1911 features somewhere in literature. I think that may have been when Mann wrote Death in Venice. Let's hope for a heatwave rather than Asiatic cholera this summer. It might counterbalance all the snow, albeit rather belatedly.
Sandraseahorse

A belated
HAPPY NEW YEAR joker

Does anyone else find all these extra holidays  tacked on because Christmas and New Year fell at the week end confusing and irritating?  I'll admit that if I were in full-time employment I'd feel differently.
iwishiwas

Wishing you all a fruitful reading year, along with health, wealth and happiness!
Jen M

... and Happy New Year from me, too.

I'm delighted about the bank holiday Monday; as I don't usually work on Tuesdays this means I'm not back at work until Wednesday!  Very Happy
MikeAlx

I've decided that returning to my healthy eating policy can wait until 4th Jan too!
Gino

The summer of 1949 was real hot following the cold winters of 47/48 and 48/49.
Best new years wishes to all correspondents.
MikeAlx

The famous 'hot summer' I remember was 1976. I recall posters about drought warnings and not wasting water all over my primary school. And I remember endless days spent at the open-air swimming pool at the brilliant camp site where we stayed in Cornwall that year.
KlaraZ

Happy New Year, everyone, and I hope we all enjoy many happy hours of reading in 2011!
Gul Darr

Yes, of course, it was 1900 in which The Go-Between was set.

I do remember 1976 though and stand-pipes in the street.

We don't really want a drought or a heatwave, but it would be nice to have some dry hot weather this summer instead of flooding. Good camping weather in Britain is a bit of a distant memory!
Gino

we had a pretty dry summer down here in the south, not a real drought but certainly quite suitable for barbeque's
Apple

occasion5 HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2012 occasion9

A very happy new year to all on the Big Readers board, I hope 2012 will be a good year for you all and I wish you a happy healthy and prosperous one!

Best Wishes

Apple
Evie

Happy New Year, everyone!
KlaraZ

Yes, Happy New Year to all! I'm planning to read twice as much as usual in 2012, and pop in here more often.
county_lady

Apple wrote:
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A very happy new year to all on the Big Readers board, I hope 2012 will be a good year for you all and I wish you a happy healthy and prosperous one!

Best Wishes

Apple


Apple, Thank you and a Peaceful and Happy New Year to all from me. angel11
Scousedog

Happy New Year everyone.  My two book related resolutions are firstly to read more and secondly to post more on here.  I've worked out I much prefer reading to the daily battle to keep my % up on my Sky+ box!
Apple

Scousedog wrote:
Happy New Year everyone.  My two book related resolutions are firstly to read more and secondly to post more on here.  I've worked out I much prefer reading to the daily battle to keep my % up on my Sky+ box!
 Very Happy  I gave up with that one long ago!! Now I find I seem to sky+ things and a few months down the line when I get the little warning thingy come up that I'm about to run out of space, I go through and delete most of it without watching it.  But then the things I really do want to watch disapear - like Great Expectations at christmas I actually sat myself down to watch it and it had gone, nobody yet has owned up to doing it!
Joe Mac

Happy New Year, big readers!

This year I hope to read lots of good stuff, but at the moment I have no idea what it will be, beyond the Christmas present bookies. I'll be happy when our library re-opens (you'll recall it burnt down in May) so I can indulge myself in free books whenever the spirit moves me. I think in 2012 I'll tackle another Dickens or two, and maybe a bit of Mark Twain, just to keep up with a vague sort of ambition I have to brush up on the 19th C.

Beyond that, I am open to suggestion.
Marita

Happy New Year to everyone. Wishing you all health, wealth and plenty of time to read.

Marita
Castorboy

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Chris in the opening post to this thread expressed my views perfectly when she said Thank you all for all the interesting discussions you have allowed me to eavesdrop on, and thank you for the very many suggestions and recommendations which have lead me to discover new authors who have brought me great enjoyment.

When I look back over the four years I realise I am not as well-read as I thought I was and that the quality of many of the novels recommended here have increased my pleasure in reading.
Caro

You seem pretty well-read to me, Castorboy.  I lack very much knowledge of writers of other languages (apart now from Scandinavian crime writers) - people win Nobel prizes for literature that I have never heard of.  However there are so many writers in English to keep up with and re-reads of well-known classic novels.
Castorboy

Caro wrote:
I lack very much knowledge of writers of other languages (apart now from Scandinavian crime writers) - people win Nobel prizes for literature that I have never heard of.

I am the same, Caro, plus but I haven't read many American, Canadian, Australian writers or the classic 19C writers. While I may have read 50 books a year for years I am now finding that writers who were talked of in my youth - and which I still haven't read - are just as rewarding despite the date they were published. If I was asked to rate my reading habits I will have to say that I have read regularly but very few novels remain in the memory whereas James, Proust, Powell, Orwell, Dickens, Scott and Doyle do.
Apple

It seems there are two "happy new year" and I picked the wrong one, I suppose its my own fault for wishing everyone a happy new year before christmas was even gone, anyway if anyone is interested my greeting is here!

http://bigreaders.myfastforum.org/ftopic187-0-asc-20.php

Am off to work again now so got to go best wishes to all
chris-l

Happy New Year to everyone from me too. I shall be away from home for a few days and may or may not have Internet access, but you will all be included in my New Year toast (the alcoholic kind, nothing to do with marmalade!) and I hope to be back with you next week. Best wishes to everyone for 2013.
Evie

Happy New Year to everyone frmo me too - have a lovely time away, Chris!  And Apple - have fun - I know you have to work especially hard at this time of year!

I don't do anything at New Year itself, but I love the idea of a fresh start.  And I have managed to find enough money to stay in my flat for another 3 or 4 months, which gives me a bit more breathing space either to find more work or find somewhere else to live, so that's fab!  and I have a new bookish venture to work at...more of that anon.

Hope you all have a great start to the year, anyway!
Joe McWilliams

Happy New Year also to all. I notice above I posted a year ago I had an ambition to read Dickens and Twain in 2012. Dickens I managed (Nicholas Nickleby and Our Mutual Friend), but Twain I did not. Perhaps I'll attain some Twain in 2013.
iwishiwas

Wishing everyone "All the best" for 2013. I hope to frequent the discussuions more again next year.
Marita

Happy New Year!

Wishing everyone all the best for 2013.


Ann

joker
.....and from me have a wonderful 2013 all of you!
blackberrycottage

Happy New Year to those you are already in 2013 and those yet to get there. Best Wishes x Julie
Green Jay

Happy New Year to everyone! Can't get my head around it being already 2013 for some of us here - still have to make my food for tonight's celebration! Best wishes and good reads all round for 2013.

                                occasion7
county_lady

Happy New Year from me too, we will be out celebrating at a neighbours' tonight.
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MikeAlx

Will not be staying up till midnight, so will wish you all a good one, and see you again next year! Happy New Year everyone!!
Sandraseahorse

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE
I'm aware that one or two contributors to this board have had a difficult time in 2012.  I do hope 2013 turns out better for you (and for all of us).
Apple

Well there we go 2013 is now in, and I for one will be glad to see the back of 2012, not the best year I've ever had, but I won't bore you with the details, back to normal at work now, and no more silly amounts of overtime (thank goodness).

Hopefully now personally I can get back to my TBR list, as I just haven't had any time to read since about mid October time, I am still only half way through The Casual Vacancy, which I started back then sometime which I think I will have to start again to pick up the thread of!
Evie

Yes - thanks Sandra - 2012 was far and away the worst year of my life, but am definitely hoping for better things!  One or two corners have been turned, though the big things are still big.  Onward and upward - and also determined to do a lot more reading this year.
Green Jay

Yes, 2012 was one of my worst years for a long long time - isn't it odd?Hoping for better in 2013 and lots of changes are on the way, so maybe it will all be for the best... Happy New Year to all.
Apple

It is strange, a lot of people I know said that 2012 was a year they were glad to see the back of for varying reasons its funny how some years can be so universally bad for so many different people.
Evie

It is interesting, isn't it...lots of fun with the Jubilee and Olympics, which make it memorable in other ways, but not much fun elsewhere.  And I don't think it's anything to do with the recession, though that may be partly why I can't get a proper job!  (Though it could of course be that nobody wants me!  Who could blame them.)  But it's the personal things that I'm sure we are all feeling most negative about.

Let's hope 13 is not an unlucky number, and we all have a better time of it this year!
Jen M

My daughter put her new year wishes very well:

"May 2013 bring all the joys of 2012 and none of the grief".

My family has had a difficult year and some of this will continue into 2013, but my overriding memory of the summer is of the Olympics and Paralympics (my daughter was a gamesmaker at the Paralympics, and we had tickets to a brilliant session of athletics), a holiday with my immediate family and two short breaks with extended family.  A wonderful summer sandwiched between grief and problems.

I wish you all All the joys of 2012 and none of the grief.
TheRejectAmidHair

"Our hopes and fears through all the years..."

More fears than hopes, sadly, but we soldier on. A very Hopeful New Year to you all!
Apple

Evie wrote:
It is interesting, isn't it...lots of fun with the Jubilee and Olympics, which make it memorable in other ways, but not much fun elsewhere.  And I don't think it's anything to do with the recession, though that may be partly why I can't get a proper job!  (Though it could of course be that nobody wants me!  Who could blame them.)  But it's the personal things that I'm sure we are all feeling most negative about.

Let's hope 13 is not an unlucky number, and we all have a better time of it this year!
Don't put yourself down Evie, its demoralising not being able to find a job, in the last recruitment where I work there were 8 jobs going on different departments and over 800 people applied.
KlaraZ

Happy New Year, everyone! A bit belated, I know, but I've only just got back to the UK. Sorry to hear that not everyone had a good 2012, let's hope 2013 is  better for all.

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